The Detroit School Board voted to change the name of Ben Carson High School of Science and Medicine, removing its connection to the retired neurosurgeon who was the secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Trump administration, according to former HUD chief of staff Andrew Hughes.
Dr. Ben Carson’s name will be scrubbed from a Detroit public high school after the school board voted in favor of removal last month.
Carson says he’s not surprised.
“Cancel culture is alive and well. It’s infiltrating. Political correctness, wokeness, cancel culture, this is going to destroy us as a nation if we don’t get a grip on it,” said Carson.
Carson’s education started in the Detroit Public School system. Born into poverty and raised in a single-mother household, Carson went from inner-city Detroit to Yale University becoming one of the most influential neurosurgeons of a generation.
“It’s very sad that we’ve reached the point where political ideology trumps the whole purpose of an educational institution,” Carson told Fox News host Sean Hannity Monday. “And we’re seeing this wokeness spreading throughout our community to the destruction of our community.”
“How does it do any good for us to demonize people with whom we disagree and to teach that to our children at a time when the math scores are down, the reading scores are down, academic performance is down?” Carson added.
Speaking of math scores, the ones at the high school that used to carry Ben’s name appear to be pretty bad.
The Benjamin Carson High School for Science and Medicine shows a 22% proficiency in reading and 8% in math.
So much for the science part.
AP math course participation is below 1% and AP science is at 5%.
Removing any association between Ben Carson and the school does him a favor.
Removing the math and science part from the high school makes sense. And then you might as well dump Carson’s name from it too. Political ideology is the whole purpose of an educational institution, which means students learn nothing in school except that opponents of the Left must be destroyed.
Some of the renamings are about a culture war, but at the school level, they’re also a form of virtue signaling meant to distract people from just how badly those schools are functioning. That was obvious with the San Francisco push to rename schools even while they were closed down. But it’s just as obvious here. Instead of trying to fix failed schools, they’ll just rename them. And now that Ben Carson’s name has been taken off, the 8% math proficiency can be blamed on the legacy of the systemic racism of a black neurosurgeon.